Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A figure consisting of three curved lines or branches, or three stylized human arms or legs, radiating from a common center.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any figure or object composed of three interlocked spirals, limbs (especially bent human legs), or any similar symbol with three protrusions and a threefold rotational symmetry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A figure composed of three branches, usually curved, radiating from a center, as the figure composed of three human legs, with bent knees, which has long been used as a badge or symbol of Sicily and of the Isle of Man.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A widely distributed symbolic device composed of three arms or branches radiating from a center.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs (or three bent lines) radiating from a center

Etymologies

New Latin, from Greek triskelēs, three-legged : tri-, tri- + skelos, leg.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Greek τρισκέλιον (triskelion) or τρισκελής (triskeles), three-legged. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • However, I don't think the rabb...er, lagomorphs in your triskelion emblem agree with you.

    Robert Jordan, Wheel of Time 6: Lord of Chaos (1994)

  • Nah, it's just an Austrian attempt at the Welsh triskelion.

    She's Got Leeeegs...

  • Not entirely sure I am the most "English" person in Parliament I'm currently staring at a giant Manx triskelion that even Lindsay Hoyle would be proud of!

    Happy St Andrews Day

  • Will recognized the symbol as the triskelion of the Armies of the Mighty.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Even when the artificer made sure to mention Tawnos's inventions, such as the triskelion, a mobile fortification, the eyes of the nobles glazed over and Tawnos could almost hear their ears clicking off.

    The Brothers' War

  • A hundred yards away, a headless dragon engine was using its neck as a metallic whip to breach one of the triskelion towers.

    The Brothers' War

  • Isle of Man, by the way, is a British protectorate whose symbol is an armored triskelion, a three-legged creation that appears always to be running despite having no head -much like some politicians who come immediately to mind.

    News - chicagotribune.com

  • Using the triskelion to illustrate the clods in D.C. was very George Willish!!

    News - chicagotribune.com

  • Three is the root of the Celtic triskelion, the symbolic trinity of spirals that some optimistic neopagans associate with three shalt be the number thou shalt count, no more, no less.

    Baseball Prospectus

  • And the strands of the taut triskelion remain fairly insulated until the exciting conclusion where the protagonists 'paths finally cross.

    NewsBlaze.com Current News - Top Stories

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